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Fulham at Chelsea: Team News

last updated Friday 28th September 2007, 4:10 PM

Fulham will be without defender Moritz Volz as the German has a groin problem.

Defender Ian Pearce (calf) also misses out and Lawrie Sanchez is still without a number of longer-term absentees.

Midfielders Lee Cook and Jimmy Bullard, defender Philippe Christenval and striker Brian McBride all remain sidelined by knee injuries.

Fulham (from):

Niemi, Keller, Warner,

Baird, , Stefanovic, Hughes, Bocanegra, Konchesky,

Davis, Smertin, Murphy, Seol, Davies, Dempsey, Bouazza,

Healy, John, Kamara, Kuqi.

Chelsea have been boosted by the return of striker Didier Drogba for their Barclays Premier League meeting with west London neighbours Fulham.

Drogba has recovered from his knee injury and is almost certain to start alongside Andriy Shevchenko in attack.

Mikel John Obi is suspended and Ricardo Carvalho, although back in light training, is also likely to miss out. Michael Ballack is ruled out with an ankle problem and Frank Lampard is still not quite fit enough after battling to overcome a thigh injury.

Chelsea (from):

Cech, Cudicini, Hilario,

Ferreira, Alex, Terry, Ben-Haim, Bridge, Belletti, A Cole,

Malouda, Wright-Phillips, Sidwell, Essien, J Cole,

Kalou, Shevchenko, Drogba, Pizarro, Sinclair.

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